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Formed around 1990 in Los Angeles, California, United States, Tool is a band that is most noted for combining hard rock with a wide variety of progressive structures, irregular time signatures and lyrics that range from angry diatribes to meditations on philosophical and social matters.

After performing a handful of shows in the Los Angeles area and up the West Coast, they toured in the United States with Rollins Band in the summer of 1992 in support of their EP Opiate. Their first full length recording, Undertow, was released in 1993.

Emerging with a groovy heavy metal sound on their first release, when the genre was dominated by thrash metal, they were later seen at the top of the alternative metal movement with the release of their second full-length studio album Ænima in 1996, the first recording the band made after original bassist Paul d'Amour left the band to
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TOOL albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.29 | 40 ratings
Undertow
Progressive Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 4.17 | 60 ratings
Ænima
Progressive Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 4.44 | 90 ratings
Lateralus
Progressive Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.09 | 59 ratings
10,000 Days
Progressive Metal 2006

TOOL EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.01 | 28 ratings
Opiate
Alternative Metal 1992

TOOL live albums

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TOOL boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.32 | 12 ratings
Salival
Progressive Metal 2000

TOOL singles (4)

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3.38 | 4 ratings
Prison Sex
Progressive Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 3 ratings
Sober
Progressive Metal 1994
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5.00 | 3 ratings
Schism
Progressive Metal 2001
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5.00 | 2 ratings
Parabola
Progressive Metal 2002

TOOL movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
4.83 | 7 ratings
Tool - Parabola
Progressive Metal 2005
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4.92 | 7 ratings
Tool - Schism
Progressive Metal 2005
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4.71 | 6 ratings
Tool: Vicarious
Progressive Metal 2007

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TOOL Opiate

EP · 1992 · Alternative Metal
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After releasing the demo “72826” we get TOOL's first official release OPIATE in the form of a 26 minutes plus EP. TOOL has had the same exact lineup from the beginning with Maynard James Keenan on vocals, Adam Jones on guitar and Danny Carey on drums. The sole exception is that Paul D'Amour handles bass duties on OPIATE and the follow-up first full length album “Undertow.”

The template of TOOL's unique sound has already fully blossomed here. Although this is more straight on hard groove rock, it is nonetheless the basic sound which would unfold itself into their more popular progressive albums that would begin with “Aenima.” Unfortunately despite being a fairly consistent and pretty good album, it seems a little generic compared to the much more ambitious efforts that came later. However, I really like having this album in my collection just because it delivers that raw energy of an early ambitious band greasing its wheels for the big time.

Despite being a short EP there is a hidden 7th track which begins 6 minutes and 6 seconds after the final title track called “The Gaping Lotus Experience.” A very good but not outstanding first effort for TOOL. Of course, everyone knows the best of this band was a few years away.

TOOL 10,000 Days

Album · 2006 · Progressive Metal
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The only psychodramatic occult concept album to include a repeated refrain about shitting the bed, Tool's 10,000 Days finds the band travelling further down the increasingly progressive trajectory suggested by Aenima and especially Lateralus. The evolution in the band's sound is a bit more gentle than the quantum leap between Undertow and Aenima, or even the jump from Aenima to Lateralus, but the album should be pleasing to anyone who's fond of Tool's progressive direction - though if you were more intrigued by the alternative metal style of Undertow (or the alternative-progressive fusion of Aenima) you're not going to see a return to that here.

TOOL Lateralus

Album · 2001 · Progressive Metal
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Earendil
Lateralus is the greatest rock/metal album ever recorded. It's transcendently beautiful and challenging in a myriad of facets varying in profundity. Musically, it's incredibly tight and focussed. Maynard's voice is full of emotion and strength and each band member shows incredible precision with their respective instruments. According to the band (especially Danny Carey, the drummer), sacred geometry played a prominent role in the musical structure of the album; each rhythm or riff is charged with its own meaning. Content-wise, Lateralus dares to reach a level that few albums can touch. A level that few works of any type of art reach. I can only say that for introspection, Lateralus provides a narrative of incredible scope to guide the listener. Lateralus guides the listener through issues ranging from frustration with dogma and ignorance, to confronting despair and emptiness, and, as the album progresses, ever deeper levels of enlightenment. This is one of the most encouraging, overwhelmingly powerful works of art that I've had the privilege of experiencing. After what must be several hundred listens, I can say with confidence that Lateralus is a masterpiece in a league of its own.

Rating: 10/10



Here's an extremely well-done video that reveals some of the underlying structure to Tool's music, which is not immediately apparent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY

TOOL Lateralus

Album · 2001 · Progressive Metal
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The Patient holds a Grudge against Ticks & Leeches

The days when I was a die-hard Tool fan are long gone but the fact LATERALUS was a groundbreaking release is as valid as ever. Many consider it to be their opus magnum but the truth is Tool haven't done much to change that. Nothing has been released since 2006 and there's no sign of that changing any time soon. Hence, an obvious question to ask would be "how did LATERALUS stand the test of time?"

I'd say it has passed it with flying colours. LATERALUS is loaded with compelling melodies, ascetic, hypnotizing rhythm patterns and evocative atmosphere but emotional charge - ambiguous, weaved in a kaleidoscope of meanings and symbols - is what makes it timeless. Music-wise, the third album from Tool is very eclectic, but unlike many modern prog metal records, it's not a coarse collage of genres. The guys were mixing psychedelia, alternative rock of the 90s and progressive rock of the 70s together until it became a smooth dough of unique flavour. Structure-wise, LATERALUS features innovative character of rhythm section with prominent bass and eclectic drumming, evolutionary structure of tracks and clever polyrhythms. It drags out a bit towards the end ("Triad" is booooring!) but this is the only blemish on the album.

I regret that the title of this review is a lousy pun, but I hope the point I was trying to make throughout it is clear. LATERALUS needs no recommendation and all fans of modern prog, alternative and post metal have already given it a spin. A flawed masterpiece it is. Check it out or die. Amen.

TOOL Opiate

EP · 1992 · Alternative Metal
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Out of all the albums in Tool's glorious catalog, this one ranks as the least Progressive, with this 7 song EP leaning more towards Alternative metal, some song's even cross over into funk metal (Hush) and grunge (The title track). The album makes up for the lack of progressiveness with heaviness, with Opiate featuring some of Tool's heaviest, most aggressive songs to date.

Paul D'Amour is in my opinion very underrated and a much better bassist then the overrated Justin Chancellor. On this album you can hear Paul's great, sometimes sort of funky basslines. The lyrics (usually one of Tool's strongest points) are a little weak on this album, with songs such as "Hush" and "Sweat" featuring some of Tool's most repetitive, immature lyrics to date (at least when compared to their later stuff).

If you are a fan of Grunge, Alternative rock or Nu metal and you're new to Tool then i would recommend either this album or Undertow, however if you are more of a Progressive rock/Heavy metal fan and you're new to Tool then i would recommend either Ænima or Lateralus.

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TOOL Tool: Vicarious

Movie · 2007 · Progressive Metal
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Earendil
Many descriptions and reviews on the internet are misleading about the content of this Vicarious DVD, and for that reason I didn't purchase it until recently. What a mistake to wait! This DVD is essential for any Tool fan and an excellent find for anyone who likes the surreal, psychedelic, and strange. The main feature of the DVD is the Vicarious short film, which is Tool's first completely CGI video. Adam Jones and Alex Grey are the two main artists behind the video, and it's a really cool experience to see their ideas merge. Anyways here are the full DVD contents:

1. Vicarious music video (9 minutes)

2. 2 overdubs of the music video with actor/comedian David Cross making hilarious commentary (18 minutes)

3. Vicarious documentary (40 minutes)

4. Footage of the storyboards from Alex Grey and Adam Jones (1 minute)

5. Footage of Alex's art gallery COSM and him talking about it (4 minutes)

Rating: 8/10

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